Saturday, January 31, 2009

CPSIA Stay: Great News! But We Need To Keep Fighting!

Here's the CPSIA's press release.

In a nutshell, from Etsy’s blog:

We are so excited to announce that the Commission has voted for a “Stay of Enforcement of Certain Testing and Certification Requirements of CPSIA” — which means that the burden of lead testing and certification has been suspended for a year while they take more time to review the rules and plan enforcement! All of your hard work has paid off (for the time being at least!). You don’t have to pay to do the certification and testing, though you are still liable if your products are found to have lead. We are so pleased that artisans and vintage sellers got their voices heard. Your hard work is not over; we must continue to play a role in advocating for small business people throughout the coming year.

“The action taken today provides breathing space to get in place some of the rules needed for implementation, but it should not be viewed as a full solution to the many problems that have been raised.” —U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission

Here's Overlawyered's take on it all. I love this guy.

And here's how my My New Favorite Senator is trying to help.

And here's a cool "Save Handmade Amend the CPSIA" badge for your blog. We still have a lot of work to do.


DJ said...


I follow you/your AndThenCrafts at Twitter. Thanks so much for the info. I linked to the information as an update to my previous post on the CPSIA, at my blog: -- and gave the HatTip to you/your site. I sell used children's books part time and have been very interested/concerned about this.


Meredith ~ craftyGAgal said...

Great! Thanks for the your link off twitter too! I am so proud for I know how hard everyone worked.


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